The track ‘6 Lords’ gives us a link up that doesn’t happen as often as it should and much like its predecessors, it shows that this duo has amazing chemistry.
The first thing to mention about ‘6 Lords’ is the beat, Carns Hill is actually a godsend to a lot of artists and his track record speaks for itself. He not only established his own production team, Hills Productions but also numerous UK rap icons like Youngs Teflon, Blade Brown, 67, and more. Carns deserves all the props.
In ‘6 Lords’ visual he misleads us with an introductory instrumental that is sampled from the 2003 Tom Cruise-starring film The Last Samurai. This is then leads us into an erratic, thumping beat that isn’t quite drill but shares the same DNA. It is almost the prototype drill beats that Carns made in the early 67 days, which later evolved into the more skippy drill sound we are more accustomed to now. Or a better description of it is that it is simply a “Carns type beat”.
This time around it’s drills most recognisable masked one, LD but he’s solo and repping for 67, with Mental K of 86 being his lone lyrical sparring partner. This combo is an absolute show stopper. It’s not a club banger by any means, but the energy to it will 100% cause more than a few speeding tickets.
Add in the lyrical back and forth with the pair going back to back at several points throughout ‘6 Lords’, the possibilities of a demonised genre are shown. The lyrical content is high from the very start and shows that drill is not just senseless recalling of street violence or inciting violence. The fact ‘6 Lords’ is so catchy only adds to its allure and gives it extreme replay value.
A nice but minor feature in the visuals, is the many cameos from artists like the aforementioned Blade and Youngs Teflon as well as the likes of Mischief, K Trap, RV, and Digga D. For a genre that supposedly causes so much violence, a lot of artists from different areas and age ranges came together for this one and there was not a single problem in sight. Beyond this, the use of wordplay involving some of these artists’ names is mirrored in these cameos, adding an extra layer to them.
All in all, a solid offering, and hopefully a sign of more to come from Mental K as he is an artist that has shown huge potential at numerous times but never seems to quite capitalise on it in the same way as his peers. LD has said more music is coming from him as a solo artist so that’s something else to look out for in the coming months.